Thursday, May 24, 2018

25/05/2018: Stop taking the oceans for granted

The University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences hosted the ninth Monaco Blue Initiative.

Here, International Aquafeed reports a slightly abridged opening presentation by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Prince of Monaco. The one-day conference drew 100-plus invited delegates from 15 countries and was held in the University’s Old College ‘Playfair Library’ in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland.

“The Monaco Blue Initiative aims to help change our approach to the oceans by prioritizing specific, collective operational solutions. In this respect the Initiative was created as a result of an observation, a requirement and an aim.

“There is great complexity of the subjects related to the conservation of our oceans, which require different levels of action, technical expertise and complementary aims.

“We need to act in line with multiple rational taking into account sometimes contradictory requirements, reconciling the needs of man with those of nature as well as current crises and our duties to the future.

“But we need to act swiftly, because the requirement is to progress rapidly in the face of the dangers we face each year becoming increasingly specific and increasingly alarming.

“Whilst there is still time we must do everything we can to avoid irreversible tragedy; tragedies that we can already see looming on the horizon with the deterioration of our precious, fragile eco systems, the spread of plastic pollution, the daily disappearance of different plants and animal species.

“In order to reverse the cycle of this decline, we must adopt a new approach that is respectful.

“We must stop taking the ocean for granted and believing that it is permanent that we can take from it and that we can pour into it anything and everything without consequences.”

Acting together
“Our aim is to bring together the skills and means that are all too often dispersed, to encourage dialogue between experts and to mobile concerted action.

“We must act together otherwise we will not be able to progress in the right direction. Acting alone we will run out of ideas; acting alone we will run out of means; acting alone we will run out of determination and acting alone we would find we would be less efficient.

“We must never forget the multiple demands and their complexity which must be addressed in order to make a real difference. We must never forget the reality of the situation. As David Hume one of Scotland’s finest son once wrote, 'Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.'

“Indeed, being a man is precisely looking at different aspects of a problem and trying to reconcile them. That is why we need to work altogether.

“Today I would like to extend a welcome to Peter Thompson, the United Nation Special Envoy of the Oceans. Through his work he embodies a collective commitment by the nations of the world to the oceans and their importance to humanity.

“His appointment shows a new awareness by the international community which like him is equipped with remarkable skills and new means.

Read the full article, HERE.

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25/05/2018: Aker BioMarine named Europe’s most innovative company

Aker BioMarine was named the most innovate company after a year-long journey in Europe's biggest and most prestigious business competition, the European Business Awards.

Aker BioMarine was one of 13 winners following a final live judging session, after the competition began last year with over 112,000 businesses from 34 countries initially considered.

“For us, innovation is a high priority and something that requires dedication every day. This prize is a recognition of our employees who are working for constant improvement and innovation in Aker BioMarine,” says Matts Johansen, CEO, Aker BioMarine.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says, "Our winners are the gold standard for business excellence. They are also powerful examples of the growth potential for European business in today’s highly competitive global marketplace."

Over 450 successful business leaders from across Europe came together at the two day event with politicians, ambassadors and academics to the European Business Awards that sets out to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.

In 2017, Aker BioMarine won the award as Norway's most innovative company. In recent years, Aker BioMarine has made significant investments in researching and developing new products.

"Over the past decade, we have been driven by our mission to improve human and planetary health. Innovation and people are the cornerstones of our success; we are explorers who think outside the ordinary while keeping our feet firmly on the ground,” says Mr Johansen.

Through extensive innovation and research projects in cooperation with major educational institutions, Aker BioMarine contributes to the development of skills and value creation in Norway. Eco-Harvesting technology and research on krill in fish feed are examples of this. Research and innovation are the cornerstones of the company, from the development of the company's harvesting and production technology to product development, commercialisation, and marketing.

For further information about the European Business Awards visit the website, HERE.

Visit the Aker Biomarine website, HERE.


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Jefo company profile

Jefo is a world leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. Founded in Canada in 1982, today Jefo has offices on 5 continents, and specialises in the design, manufacturing, warehousing and JIT-distribution of an array of animal nutrition specialty products.

Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition.

According to their website: "Our commitment is to providing effective alternatives for optimal performances in animal nutrition".

The Europe / Africa division of Jefo was created in 1998 and is headquartered in Nantes, France. We market a line of original products including vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and essential oils.

Visit the website HERE.

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25/05/2018: The Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018

LACQUA18 to be held with the VIII Colombian Congress of Aquaculture - VIII CCA in Bogotá, Colombia at the Ágora Convention Centre brings more and more surprises.

Magistral speakers
We are pleased to announce the confirmation of the participation of Drs Alejandro Flores and Sara Patricia Bonilla in the opening plenary of the Congress. 

Dr Alejandro Flores
Image credit: WAS 
Dr Flores is an Aquaculture Engineer from the Mar Technological Institute of Veracruz, Mexico with a Master's degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Administration from the Institute of Aquaculture of the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he also completed his PhD in Aquaculture Sciences, oriented to the limnobiological characterisation of epicontinental water bodies for aquaculture and sectoral development planning. During his time in the academy, he generated more than 65 scientific articles and books and trained human resources, currently represented by independent researchers in various areas of knowledge that affect aquaculture. He worked as an international consultant in aquaculture, in the Program to Support the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (PRADEPESCA) of the European Union; He has also been an expert of the International Cooperation of Mexico in countries of Central America and Cuba.

He joined the United Nations Organisation for Food and Agriculture (FAO) in 2009, where he has been Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, as well as FAO representative in Argentina and Chile. He currently serves as Senior Officer of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this work he has conducted processes such as the formulation of National Plans and Policies for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. In FAO, he has led regional processes such as the creation of the Aquaculture Network of the Americas and the Forum of Parliamentarians of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, mechanisms to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries; It has also conducted a regional program to strengthen the capacities of aquaculturists with limited resources, for their self-sustainability and inclusion in markets beyond their communities.
Dr Sara Patricia Bonilla
image credit: WAS

Dr Sara Patricia Bonilla is a Business Administrator of the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, specialising in Innovation, Technological Development and Transfer of International Technologies in Germany and Master in International Relations at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Colombia. Since 2004 his professional career has been developed in the area of aquaculture. She was Executive Vice President of Acuanal, a guild of shrimp producers in Colombia. She worked in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as National Technical Secretary of the Aquaculture Chain, while serving as advisor to the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture, FEDEACUA, a guild of which she is the Executive Director since 2012.

As Executive Director, she leads the most important Quality Program in the Aquaculture sector in Colombia, which aims to implement Good Practices in Aquaculture, which has had favorable results for the Colombian fish industry, reflected in the increase in Colombian exports, positioning the country as the second supplier of fresh tilapia fillet in the United States. Likewise, he leads the research group AQUASOST, recognised by Colciencias and a new formalisation challenge for small Colombian fish producers.

Just as the participation of these two personalities is confirmed for the inauguration of LACQUA18 we are pleased to confirm the agreement reached with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - UNIDO. With this agreement, the participation of UNIDO, on October 25, with the special session Regional Project for the "Improvement of productivity and competitiveness of the value chains of fisheries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region" is specified. The coordinator of the session will be Mr Alejandro Rivera Rojas, Program Officer of the Latin American and Caribbean Division of UNIDO. This session will present the regional action plan, results by country and continuity proposals, as well as the presentation of the Technical Guide on the application of resource efficiency and cleaner production in the shrimp farming sector. Special guests are expected from various entities such as the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and FEDEACUA, among others.

Aquaculture in Colombia
LACQUA18 has the support of the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture - FEDEACUA, an entity that represents Colombian fish producers, which guarantees the participation of the Colombian productive sector in this important event. Likewise, it is expected that FEDEACUA, from the hand of government entities such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Productive Transformation Program - PTP of the Ministry of Commerce, will present to the public the results of several works that have been done together to improve the productivity and quality of Colombian fish farming, which has been reflected in the increase in exports.

Colombia represents one of the prominent markets in the aquaculture sector, demonstrated by the growth of 10.2% in 2017 compared to 2016 in continental fish farming, with a total of 120,230 tonnes. In the last decade it grew at an average annual rate of 8.54%. For this reason, we are happy to announce that the trade fair in LACQUA18, which has 72 commercial stands, will be a success. National and foreign companies that belong to all the links of the aquaculture chain have already confirmed their participation, among which are Xpertsea, Jefo, Faivre, Fisanet, Darling, TGV, Acqua & Co, Prilabsa, Haxada - Nutreco, Italcol, MSD, Andritz, Tecnoaqua, Xylem, Pharvet, Wenger, Kaeser Compressors, Artkom, USSEC, Aker Biomarine and Quimtia, among others.

Tours to production systems
Within the framework of the event, the possibility of two visits to aquaculture production systems will be offered:
Option 1: visit to the production company of rainbow trout and vegetables in aquaponic system.
Option 2: visit to a production system of red tilapia in biofloc, with a subsequent trip to the company producing ornamental fish such as scalars and dancers as well as production of aquatic plants.

The two tours will be held on Tuesday, October 23 and Saturday, October 27, so that you can attend a tour every day. Take advantage of this opportunity to know alternative and successful systems in Colombian conditions.

Submission of abstracts
The academic component of LACQUA18 has opened its call for the submission of works on various topics among which are the most cultivated aquatic species in Colombia and in countries of the LACC area, with special focus on tilapia, trout, native South American fish and shrimp, as well as diverse topics such as production systems, sustainable aquaculture, health and diseases, physiology and genetics, nutrition and food, processing and economics, and aquaculture socioeconomy. Oral presentations and posters, as well as summaries, may be developed in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Abstract submission can be made until August 1, 2018 on the event page, HERE.

Information on ways to participate as an assistant or sponsor can be consulted at the link, HERE.

For more information contact Carolina Amézquita Móvil on or by calling +57 3184669122 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

24/05/2018: Global winners of Alltech Young Scientist program revealed

Announcement made during exciting exploration of ideas and innovation at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18)

Now in its 13th year, the Alltech Young Scientist program returned to reward university students for their innovative scientific research. The world’s largest agriscience program of its kind culminated at ONE18, where eight finalists — four graduate students and four undergraduate students — presented their research to a panel of international judges.
Dr Mark Lyons addresses the audience at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2018
Image credit: Alltech

The undergraduate winner of $5,000 and a fully funded Ph.D. program at the university of her choice is Leesa-Joy Flanagan, representing the University of Adelaide in Australia. Her work focused on the effects of different sources of undegradable dietary protein on lamb growth, daily weight gain and voluntary feed intake.

The graduate winner of $10,000 and a fully funded postdoctoral position is Saheed Salami, representing the University of Catania in Italy. His research investigated cardoon meal as a novel feed and its effect on lamb performance, rumen function and meat quality.

The newly added Impact Award recognised a project with the potential to make a significant impact on agriculture. The winner of the $1,000 prize is Moisés Poli from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. His research focused on Pacific white shrimp and Nile tilapia integration in a biofloc system under different fish stocking densities.

“We reviewed projects representing 86 universities,” said Dr Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech. “These young scientists demonstrate that the future of scientific discovery is bright.”

On its closing day, ONE18 highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all sectors of business and agriculture. Reflecting that spirit, The Pearse Lyons Accelerator returned for the second year, bringing eight startups to the conference’s mainstage. The next generation of ag-tech ideas were pitched to a global audience of thousands, including international press and potential investors. The unique opportunity for startups is a collaborative project between Alltech and Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading startup hub.

Eight participants in the Pearse Lyons Accelerator presented their ag-tech startup companies on the mainstage at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2018
Image credit: Alltech

The 2018 Pearse Lyons Accelerator participants include:
From the United Kingdom, the world's first environmentally controlled, fully automated system to produce industrial levels of Black Soldier Fly protein.

From Austria, a SMART eartag sensor to monitor the activity and position of each animal. Provides farmers with information to make reliable decisions.

From Israel, technology that allows hatcheries and chicken breeders to detect the gender of chicken embryos.

From the United States, virtual fencing and autonomous animal control. Vence enables management and monitoring of livestock via smartphones.

From the United States, a combination of real-time data and nutritional breakthroughs to tackle Bovine Respiratory Disease for healthier cattle and a safer beef supply.

From the United States, technology that naturally activates bio-immunity in plants by switching on its defense genes.

From the United States, personalised supplement programs backed by nutrigenomics research. Designed to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and to meet daily nutrient needs.

Alltech SMART dairy
From Canada, a program designed to deploy Alltech's nutrition and ag-tech breakthroughs to farms via nutritionists.

“Six of the 10 participants last year were listed as top 100 agri-tech companies in the world,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Alltech. “That is indicative of the companies applying.”

Connolly noted that last year’s participants in The Pearse Lyons Accelerator were able to access 28 new markets and generate a total of $50 million in qualified leads.

Tuesday’s keynote lineup included Beth Comstock, who served as vice chair of General Electric and president of integrated media at NBCUniversal. She urged the audience to rediscover the power of imagination without fear of failure. “We can no longer fail to imagine,” she said.

“We can no longer fail to fail. What are you going to give yourself permission to try?”

The ONE18 mainstage also welcomed David E. Bell, professor of agriculture and business at Harvard Business School, and Robert Wolcott, clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

More than 3,600 attendees from 76 countries convened at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, from May 20–22 to explore innovative ideas in science, agriculture and business.

The 34th annual conference demonstrated the forward-focused energy of Alltech as the company continues the mission of its visionary founder, Dr Pearse Lyons, who passed away March 8.

“Together we can work toward a planet of plenty,” said Dr Mark Lyons, president of Alltech. “What is your ONE big idea? Share it and make it happen.”

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference will be back in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, May 19–21, 2019.

Visit the website to learn more and to experience the highlights from ONE18, HERE.
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24/05/2018: The Athens of the North: Monaco Blue Initiative comes to Edinburgh

As told by Professor David Munro, Former Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The reason why delegates gathered in Edinburgh to attend the 2018 Monaco Blue oceans conference can be traced back to a chance encounter during the last week of July 1898 when two ships coincidentally set anchor side-by-side in the port of Tromsø in northern Norway.

The first ship to arrive was the Princess Alice II, the research vessel of the ‘sailor prince’ HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco, who was making his first voyage northwards into Arctic waters to undertake oceanographical research. The second ship, owned by the thread-making magnate Andrew Coats from Paisley in Scotland, was the private yacht Blencathra, heading southwards after a sporting voyage to Novaya Zemlaya.

On board this ship was the Scottish naturalist, oceanographer and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce who had been offered the opportunity to undertake air and sea observations on this his third voyage into polar waters.

Bruce could not believe his good fortune when the Prince invited him to join his northern cruise to Svalbard.

This, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but not only that, it was the beginning of a fruitful scientific collaboration that was to last the rest of their lives. They made several subsequent visits to Svalbard together and the Prince supported Bruce’s 1902-04 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition by supplying scientific instruments to assist with oceanographical studies in the South Atlantic.

Attracted to Edinburgh as a student in 1887 by the opportunity to study at the marine laboratory on the Firth of Forth and to work on the scientific data brought back to Edinburgh by the Challenger Expedition (1872-75), Bruce was eventually to establish his Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory at Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh, a facility that was officially opened by Prince Albert I in January 1907.

Read the full article in the International Aquafeed online edition, HERE.

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TSC Silos company profile

As a specialist in the building of square silos TSC Silos supplies an end product that meets the highest quality requirements and is used in a variety of industries

According to TSC Silos, “We use our focus and expertise to design suitable rectangular silo installations of which we are proud. That is all we do: we design, calculate and build silos; day in day out, year in year out. For your benefit.”

The rectangular silo concept is characterised by an optimum storage capacity and flexible layout options. A clever design produces the best possible product discharge with maximum storage capacity.

With a TSC silo you are also investing in a safe, hygienic working environment.

The organisation is 100 percent focused on this silo concept, from sale and design to production and installation.

They are able to handle projects from A to Z: from the steel support structure to the insulating cladding and from functional design up to and including fitting.

At TSC safety is a given. Their well-trained engineers carry out sound calculations for your silo. TSC designs, calculates and manufactures all the silos in accordance with the latest standards (EN 1991, EN 1993 and EN 1090).

TSC Silos are familiar with ATEX, earthquake coefficients, snow loads and the effects of wind. Everything is worked out using advanced computer software down to the smallest detail.

If you so desire, you can have the calculations checked by independent parties; that’s not a problem.

Their experienced installation teams have all the necessary training and are at home on construction sites.

Visit the TSC Silos website, HERE.

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